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released October 13, 2017

Soraia is:
ZouZou Mansour - lead vocals
Mike Reisman - lead/rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Travis Smith - bass, backing vocals
Brianna Sig - drums, percussion, backing vocals

Additional Musicians:
John Faracchio- keys, organ, glockenspiel, piano, backing
John Glaubitz - additional guitar on "Monster" "Tahiti "Cupid Killer" "Quicksand" "Black Mood" // lead guitar on "Black Mood" and 2nd lead on "Have Love Will Travel" // backing vocals on "Cupid Killer" "Quicksand" "Black Mood"
Geoff Sanoff - backing vocals on "Quicksand"

Produced by Soraia with Geoff Sanoff except "Wow" and "Why" Produced by Stevie Van Zandt

Recorded and engineered by Geoff Sanoff at Renegade Studios, NYC
Mixed by Geoff Sanoff except "Wow" and "Why" Mixed by Bob Clearmountain at Mix This!
Assisted by Sergio Ruelas Jr.
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine

Art Direction/Package Design/Illustration - Louis Arzonico
Back Cover Photo and Booklet Original Photo - Mark Weiss
Front Cover Original Photos - Reji Berrouet

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Track Name: Quicksand
It's like a four letter word bangin' 'round my head
It's my cruel desire turns my face all red
It's my flamin' heart let me show you instead
It's like quicksand
It's like shakin' hands

Hear the screams from all the young dudes
Loud enough to bust a heart in two
What do they mean, baby, what should we do?
It's like quicksand
We ain't losin' ground - we're just losin' some grace, now, sugar
Can't save your ass while you're saving face, baby
Look in the mirror understand disgrace
It's like quicksand

It's like a four letter word bangin' 'round my head
It's my cruel desire turn my face all red
It's my flamin' heart let me show you instead
It's like quicksand
It's like quicksand

See, we got this dream born from a nightmare's grave
Look in the mirror a familiar face, baby
It's different bodies, the same damn place
It's like quicksand

It's like a four letter word bangin' 'round my head
It's my cruel desire turn my face all red
It's my flamin' heart let me show you instead
It's like quicksand
It's like quicksand

It's like
Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Quicksand

It's like a four letter word bangin' 'round my head
It's my cruel desire turn my face all red
It's my flamin' heart let me show you instead
It's like quicksand
It's like a four letter word bangin' 'round my head
It's my cruel desire turn my face all red
It's my flamin' heart let me show you instead
It's like quicksand
It's like quicksand
It's like quicksand
It's like quicksand
Track Name: Why
Endless summer
Time belonged to me
Butterscotch chocolated
I chose my destiny
Once a high-born
How the mighty fall
Beggary, buggery
I confess all

Pagan gospel song
Calms my dreams blue
He pleasures me politely
But he's not you

Why don't you wanna love me?
Why don't you wanna love me?
Why don't you wanna love me?
Baby
Why don't you wanna love me?
Why don't you wanna love me?
Why don't you wanna love me?
The way I wanna love you

Crystal winter
Dark angels danced away
Rich man's playground
December's children play
Cherry mulled wine
To dull the senses' lust
I need to drown the hollow sound
Your symphony of trust

My gluttony for salvation
Is my feast of fools
She pleasures me skillfully
But she's not you

Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
The way I wanna love you
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
The way I wanna love you

The merriment of confidence
Ghosts flattered by the ghouls
He pleasures me desperately
He knows that he's not you

Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
The way I wanna love
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
The way I wanna love
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
Why don't you wanna love me? (Why don't you wanna love me)
The way I wanna love you
Track Name: Cupid Killer
You're just some worn-out King tellin' me how to walk across my floor
You said the same damn thing yesterday into the day before
You're just a Cupid Killer
I'm a little bored, destroyed by love
You're just a Cupid Killer
I need more than some worn out love

Well, I ain't bulletproof but I'll take the hits just 'cause I'm hard-headed
You're always lookin' for proof, here it is, why don't you come and get it?
And even though my eyes shine when I look at you
You walk around pretendin' it ain't true
Well, I know what you got, and what you got ain't what's houndin' you baby

You're just some worn-out King tellin' me how to walk across my floor
You said the same damn thing yesterday into the day before
You're just a Cupid Killer
I'm a little bored, and destroyed by love
You're just a Cupid Killer
I need a little more than your worn out love

I'm spinnin' wheels in the dirt, I damn can't stick around no more
That old familiar hurt, can't seem to pick myself up off the floor
And even though I want you
And lightning don't strike twice
Well, when the thunder comes
Take my advice
Better know what you got, cause what you got is what's killin' you
Baby

Ahh, ah, ah
ahh, ah, ah
Ahh, ah, ah
ahh, ah, ah

You're just some worn-out King tellin' me how to walk across my floor
You said the same damn thing yesterday into the day before
You're just a Cupid Killer
I'm a little bored, destroyed by love
You're just a Cupid Killer
I need more than your worn out love
You're just some worn-out King tellin' me how to walk across my floor
You said the same damn thing yesterday into the day before
And I can see the stars shine from anywhere
We'll dance our last dance, I don't care
You're just a Cupid Killer
I need more than your worn out love
Cupid Killer
Cupid Killer
Track Name: Beautiful Curse
Do you know, babe, just how long been lonely for your touch?
Anticipating, dying, waiting--on fire, in deep, blood rush
Dreams of you, forbidden fruit, don't look, don't speak, can't touch
Hard temptation, my frustration, I want you way too much

Such a beautiful curse
I'm my own saboteur
Such a shame, shame, shame this game keeps me

Inside sleeping woods it's understood
Don't go where you'll get lost
Consumed and bound, don't make a sound,
Too late the line's been crossed
So dark and deep, these promises I keep
Keep guilty lovers tame
This chill in the air, threatens and dares
To blow out our lovers' flame

Oh, such a beautiful curse
I'm my own saboteur
Don't wanna know, or weep, or speak of you so much it hurts
But you're the only one
I got the right to be wrong
Such a shame, shame, shame this game keeps me

And the sky keeps crying out
As every star bends to hear
Sick to death of my excuses
Sick to death of all my fears
But the bogeyman keeps talkin'
Whispers death into my ear
And these wounds they run so deeply
And this pain is far too real

Such a beautiful curse
I'm my own saboteur
Don't wanna know, or weep, or speak of you so much it hurts
But you're the only one
I got the right to be wrong
Such a shame, shame, shame this game keeps me
Shame shame shame this game keeps me
Shame shame shame this game keeps me
Frozen
Track Name: Wow
Hello. How are you?
You're lookin' so fine. No, it's true.
Remember the time we first met?
You think that was good?
You ain't seen nothin' yet.

Like a bee to some honey; a moth to a flame.
You got an addiction and you got me to blame.
You never saw it coming 'cause I make no claims 'til now
You can call it the unexpected or you can call it... wow!
You can call it call it... wow!
You can call it call it call it... wow!
You can call it the unexpected or you can call it call it call it call it...

Sorry, I don't know what came over me.
The cycle of the moon affects the motion of the see what you did.
It's starting all over again.
We both want it now more than we did back then.

Like a bee to some honey; a moth to a flame.
You got an addiction and you got me to blame.
You never saw it coming 'cause I make no claims 'til now
You can call it the unexpected or you can call it... wow!
You can call it call it... wow!
You can call it call it call it... wow!
You can call it the unexpected or you can call it call it call it call it...

Gimme a minute.
Let me get myself together.
I'm never really out of control.
Really, I'm so much better.
Maybe it's your eyes, your stare lookin' like...
Lookin' like you wanna go somewhere.
You wanna go somewhere?

Something about the wild in me; it's never tame.
I think we're both alike; this is how we became.

Like a bee to some honey; a moth to a flame.
You got an addiction and you got me to blame.
You never saw it coming 'cause I make no claims 'til now
You can call it the unexpected or you can call it... wow!
You can call it call it... wow!
You can call it call it call it... wow!
You can call it the unexpected or you can call it call it call it call it...
Track Name: Come Down Angel
I bear the marks of the strong but not so proud
I've seen and done things, don't want anyone to know about
All the needles and miracles can't kill away my shame
Nothin's left, when there's no one left to blame

Oh, Come down, Angel
No one can help me now
You sing so sweetly
With no one else around
Oh, Come Down, Angel
All these demons gather 'round
You're the only one I hear
Help me, I'm comin' down

I lose myself, each time more hypnotized
Found vindication in this lover's blameless eyes
Plunging in, the scarlet ocean, silence pounds
Black wave is risin' up
Close my eyes
I drown

Oh, Come down, Angel
No one can help me now
You sing so sweetly
With no one else around
Oh, Come Down, Angel
Faceless demons gather 'round
You're the only one I hear
Help me, I'm comin' down

Cold concrete digs hard against my skin
I'm all out of miracles
Please, Angel, take me in
I'm lyin' here sick
Think this time might be my last
Black curtain's closing in
I'm commin' down fast

Oh, Come down, Angel
No one can help me now
You sing so sweetly
With no one else around
Oh, Come Down, Angel
Faceless demons gather 'round
You're the only one I hear
Help me, I'm comin' down

Oh, Come down, Angel
No one can help me now
You sing so sweetly
With no one else around
Oh, Come Down, Angel
All these demons gather 'round
You're the only one I hear
Help me, I'm comin' down
Track Name: Monster
Oh, some people feed off of dreams and reverie
I walk the line with that monster inside of me
What's on the outside, all I appear to be
Ain't what you find when you dig, dig, dig deep

Play in the sandbox just like the rest of them
Voice on the jukebox, croon with the best of them
Lyrics and rhyme - sometimes - my only friends
It's just where I have to go to find them

Oooh, ooh Monster
Oh, Oh Monster

I learn to live with the monster
He needs to feed my sweet monster
Sow what you reap, the monster
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

The scars that I try to hide greet me at the door
Give my mind just one, it wants one more
It shackles, I twist and resist: the monster's born
The stories I write he hides inside them

Oooh, ooh Monster
Oh, Oh Monster

I learn to live with the monster
He needs to feed my sweet monster
Sow what you reap with the monster
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Solo

Some people feed off of dreams and reverie
Seems so harmless messin' with fantasy
Imagination lives inside of me
I close my eyes and hide inside it

Monster
I learn to live with the monster
He needs to feed my sweet monster
Sow what you reap monster
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Monster
I learn to live
Monster
He needs to feed, the sweet
Monster
Sow what you reap
The Monster
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Track Name: Je Ne Sais Quoi
Yeah, she's a ticking time bomb
She's Heaven's black dove
She's the lightning that crashes
Into your sea of love

Yeah, she got the pretty wild eyes
And a velvet mouth
You're always takin' her side
She's always sellin' you out

Yeah, but she lifts you up
To where you can't come down
And she never gives up
She's always hangin' around
She's kinda wild
Je Ne Sais Quoi
Je Ne Sais Quoi
Je Ne Sais Quoi
Jenny, Jenny, Jenny

Yeah, she's a really live wire
She whistles funeral songs
Sweet little charming liar
But you still got your blinders on
And even though she's wrecked you, baby
With all her dirty deals
You can't forget her, baby
Yeah, you can't help the way you feel, no

She never waits
She never waits too long
She never waits too long

Yeah, but she lifts you up
To where you can't come down
And she never gives up
She's always hangin' around
She's kinda wild
Je Ne Sais Quoi
Je Ne Sais Quoi
Je Ne Sais Quoi
Jenny, Jenny, Jenny

Now you know she's made her way in
Whispers, promises - forbidden
Yeah, she knows she's made her way in
It's too late
She's under your skin

Yeah, but she lifts you up
To where you can't come down
And she never gives up
She's always hangin' around
She's kinda wild
Je Ne Sais Quoi
Je Ne Sais Quoi
Je Ne Sais Quoi
Jenny, Jenny, Jenny
Jenny, Jenny, Jenny
Jenny, Jenny, Jenny
Jenny, Jenny, Jenny
Track Name: Have Love Will Travel
Wow, Have love
Whoa baby will travel
Uh huh, uh huh, have love
Woah baby will travel
I said if you need loving then
Mm, hmm, I'll travel

Yeah, I'll travel from Main to Mexico
Just to find a little girl that loves me so
No matter when, no matter where I'll be
I'm looking for a woman that'll satisfy me

Wow, Have love
Whoa baby will travel
Uh huh, uh huh, have love
Woah baby will travel
I said if you need loving then
Mm, hmm, I'll travel

Yeah, yeah, yeah, have love
Oh baby will travel
Uh huh, have love
Oh pretty baby will travel
I said if you need loving then
Mm, I'll travel

Well I might take a boat or I'll take a plane
I might hitch hike or jump a railroad train
Your kind of love drives a man insane
So look for me walking just a any old way

Yeah, yeah, yeah, have love
Oh baby will travel
Uh huh, have love
Oh pretty baby will travel
I said if you need loving then
Mm, I'll travel
Track Name: Tahiti
I see that look in your eyes, babe, I can't deny its pull
Yeah, you hypnotize me - break through my disguise so dull
I wanna be with you, don't wanna be so afraid of this
Don't wanna take it slow, grab passion by the throat
Need to know your touch
Oh, shhhhh

Yeah, you're my wild desire
We're gonna set this house on fire
Turn all the angels into liars
Can we be happy there? (yeah)

There's thieves in the temple stare me in the face
Shadows tremble, thunder takes their place
Desire can make you wicked it can make you great
In Tahiti
What a vicious game you play
Tahiti

Nothin's black and white when you're in a fight like this
Don't know what's wrong or right, I just need to taste your lips
I'll sing a Siren's Song to steal just one Black Kiss
I wanna breathe you in, and wash away this sin,
The one who brings the pain's the one who makes it end, yeah

Yeah, you're my wild desire
We're gonna set this house on fire
Turn all the angels into liars
And we'll be happy there, yeah

There's thieves in the temple stare me in the face
Shadows tremble, thunder takes their place
Desire can make you wicked it can make you great
In Tahiti

All the angels fall at our feet
Every time we walk down the street
Ooh, yeah

There's thieves in the temple stare me in the face
Shadows tremble, thunder takes their place
Desire can make you wicked it can make you great
What a vicious game you play
There's thieves in the temple stare me in the face
Shadows tremble, thunder takes their place
Desire can make you wicked it can make you great
In Tahiti

What a vicious game you play
How could you leave me here this way?
Track Name: Wandering Star
My love, be brave
Fate was written in the stars
I could not save
Your sweet light from envious dark
Now Heaven is happy
But me I look for you, Wandering Star
Oh, my star

Out by the lake, in the most peaceful part of town
We took our date, Mississippi River, hallowed ground
Two fools in love, we turned up the radio
So much in front of us, we had no place to go

You went in swimming, the wave crashed, when I turned back
Heart sank in my chest, you were gone, never to come back

My love, be brave
Fate's been written in the stars
I could not save
Your sweet light from envious dark
Now Heaven is happy
But me I look for you, Wandering Star
Oh, my star

Broken and dazed, screamed your name into the sky
Maybe my love's just playing tricks on me tonight
Cracked a smile, I laughed and felt my soul lift
How could the angels take my most precious gift?

My head was spinnin', still you were gone, gone from my sight
I'll never forget the words you sang to me on our last night

My love, be brave
Fate was written in the stars
I could not save
Your sweet light from envious dark
Now Heaven is happy
But me I still look for you, Wandering Star
Oh, my star

Ooh, oh, oh
Track Name: Black Mood
The ocean is lonely
In motion and dark
The divers are drowning
And I'm sleepin' with a shark

My eyes are wide open
I've been walkin' asleep
I don't wanna stay here
But I just can't seem to leave

I'm in a Black Mood
I got no love in my heart
You got me cryin', it feels like I'm dyin'
And everything's fallin' apart, yeah
Better without you
I guess we were doomed from the start
I'm done with kneelin', I'm sick of this feelin'
You're just a ghost in the dark

The scent of the roses
The taste of your mouth
The candles are burnin'
But the flame has gone out

I was broken and lonely
Just empty inside
I woke from a bad dream
To Jekyll and Hyde

Yeah, I'm in a Black Mood
I got no love in my heart
You got me cryin', it feels like I'm dyin'
And everything's fallin' apart, yeah
Better without you
I guess we were doomed from the start
I'm done with kneelin', I'm sick of this feelin'
You're just a ghost in the dark

Yeah, I'm in a black mood
'Bout as black as black can be
Gonna put on my black shoes
And walk out, wait and see

Oh, I'm in a Black Mood
Lookin' for love in my heart
I'm done with cryin', I'm livin' not dyin'
While you're busy fallin' apart, yeah
Better without you
I'll face the music alone
I'm done with kneelin', I'm sick of this feelin'
I'm standin' tough on my own

Yeah

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